Burstall Pass Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews

Burstall Pass Trail is a 16.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
667 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

hiking
19 days ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

25 days ago

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

hiking
1 month ago

Heavy snow on the trail now. Lots of sinking. Very few dry spots. Still a glorious view at the lake. WIll be back later in summer to see the rest.

hiking
6 months ago

Sep 20 // great variety of trail, beautiful larch trees in autumn. Wish it wasn't a snowy and low visibility day, even the slight views we had were beautiful. Will be back to scramble Snow Peak!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing views!

8 months ago

Muddy trail, off and on sleet. The first few kilometres of the trail are rather boring but the side trail to the lake breaks it up and is beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Some snow. Not too heavy. Stunning views right now.

8 months ago

Absolutely stunning right now. Great hike.

9 months ago

We left early in the morning and found the hike quite enjoyable. Three sections of up hill climbs, but worth the views at the top!!! Would definitely do this hike again, but would continue on into Banff National park and camp at US18.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! I would definitely recommend bringing your bike for the first few kilometres as it is a long gravel road. When you get to the single track it is stunning, beautiful walk through the valley and nice views from the pass. Definitely go sept/oct when the larches are changing.

9 months ago

For a guy who has grown up in the mountains it really is quite a boring hike with little elevation gain and a so/so view. Super easy and I don't know why it's rated on this app as moderate. Worth a hike for people from the city wanting a decent challenge. Definitely advise that you ride you bike to the point that your not allowed to bike anymore.

10 months ago

Pretty trail. Flowers and valley views top notch. Go a bit further to see Leman lake and have lunch overlooking the panorama below.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome day...would give it a 5 star but that is reserved for Tent Ridge...Helen Lake...fun adventure trying to make our way through the marshland

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, medium level, 3 stages of climbing hill for the Top.

10 months ago

gorgeous views

11 months ago

Hiking trail doubles as a biking trail for the first while, so its nice and wide. You'll get your feet wet trekking across the first valley, very refreshing on the way back down. Bring some flip flops! First climb opens to another valley with great views. Last ascent is tougher than the first with little tree coverage. Overall a great trail!

11 months ago

Fun hike, lots of variety. Terrain was not super challenging but not too easy either. There was no snow blocking the trail on the final ascent to the top and the view up there was awesome.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike with my 7 year old through woods, with wild flowers, birds and stunning scenery. Crossing the creeks upstream of the lakes took a bit of figuring out and one Crossing needed us to paddle through. Made it to the high meadow before the final assent. Other hikers reported snow pack and icy conditions just below the pass.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hiked on June 14, 2017. Constant variation in both incredible views as well as terrain. Snow and mud sections along most of the trail, most are quite easy to get around. The open Burstall Creek area section is somewhat challenging and time consuming as you navigate stream after stream, especially right before landing on the west side before the ascend. We only managed to hike a few hundred meters up the ascend before the snow was too deep for us to continue. We got rained on on the return, however it was well worth it due to the beautiful clouds moving around the mountains. Lots of parking, bathrooms and garbage disposal are in the parking lot.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

We hiked in late September. It got a little muddy at parts, but overall spectacular views and a great mix of terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hiked in early September. Leaves were starting to turn, which lent a beautiful scent to the experience. This late in the season, the alluvial plain was relatively easy to traverse, though it was snowing at the end of the trail. Low traffic. All in, a beautiful hike

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

So wonderful. Followed a moose and her calf part of the way in the morning. Hiked it Canada day long weekend and the trail was really really busy so we started pretty early. Easy with a little incline right at the top but very rewarding the whole way. Had a pretty amazing view for lunch

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nice hike...great views

hiking
Monday, October 20, 2014

A good relaxed stroll, which for the most part doesn't involve hiking up. I was expecting to see these lakes that show on the terrain map, but you barely see them. It doesn't take away the beauty of the surrounding, as usual for this part of the country. I recommend, if you are driving from the East (Calgary), take highway 40, then the Smith Dorrien Trail from the Kananaskis lakes, a much shorter route than driving from Canmore!

hiking
Monday, September 16, 2013

great hike. one of my favorite. trail can get really busy so if you want to avoid that start early. Creek is not very high in the falls you can jump across them.

skiing
Friday, June 21, 2013

A nice ski tour to warm up your legs early in the season.

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fun day hike..great for small groups. Easy to start..then a bit of a climb. Bring water sandals...you have to cross some water..and easier if you change to sandals and leave by the path to the climb the rest of the way. On your return....sandals are dry...slip back on and good to go! Beautiful mountain meadows. Great to hike with the dogs too...not too many "tourists".

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